How to Get to Cordoba from Granada

If you are planning a visit to Cordoba from Granada, let me tell you that it is an excellent decision, but the first step is to know how to get there.

Carla Yaquer

Carla Yaquer

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How to Get to Cordoba from Granada

Cordoba, Spain | ©G. Lamar

Granada is a city full of surprises and with many monuments and activities to see and do in it, but it is also very well connected with other cities, such as Cordoba, so taking a day to visit it is a great plan. It is located about 130 kilometers away from Granada and its history is breathed in each of its corners.

Just stroll through its narrow streets to appreciate its Roman origin and visit its iconic buildings such as the Mosque-Cathedral, the Alcazar of the Christian Kings and the Synagogue, to discover the perfect coexistence of Islamic, Christian and Jewish cultures in it.

The best option to get to Cordoba, are usually guided tours, because they will facilitate the organization. You will not have to worry about how to get there and you will be accompanied by an expert guide who will show you the main sites of the city. Although you will also have other means such as bus, train, car or cab.

1. The best option: an organized excursion to Cordoba from Granada

Touring Cordoba| ©soniantonio
Touring Cordoba| ©soniantonio

If you want to get to know Cordoba without having to worry about anything and if you allow me to give you a piece of advice, I recommend you to book an organized excursion to Cordoba from Granada.

This way, you will have a comfortable and fast means of transport to reach your destination in just two hours and, in addition, you will enjoy a more personalized visit to know the city in depth, since all these tours have a specialized guide who will accompany you at all times.

With this alternative, everything related to the organization of the trip will be in good hands and you will only have to worry about getting to know all that Cordoba has to offer, which is a lot!

Normally, you won't have to worry about getting tickets for the most popular attractions, nor will you have to waste time waiting in long lines to get in, as everything is usually included. With a guided tour, you will enjoy Cordoba at your own pace.

You can marvel at the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, one of the most recognizable and beautiful monuments in the world, and one of the most visited in Europe, which was declared a World Heritage Site.

You will also be able to visit the Jewish quarter and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, the imposing military building built by the monarch Alfonso XI of Castile.

But it is not only about historical monuments, in Cordoba you will also find a festive atmosphere, colorful flowers, picturesque fountains, squares and fairytale streets.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 121 €.
  • Duration: this type of excursions usually have a duration of approximately 8 hours, including the 2 hours of travel to go from one city to another.
  • Advantages: you will not have to worry about anything and unlike other options, it usually includes entrance fees to the main sites and the company of an expert guide.
  • Disadvantages: if you are the type of traveler who enjoys doing things at your own pace, this option is not for you. Also, it is a bit more expensive in relation to other alternatives that take you from Granada to Cordoba, but I can assure you that for its advantages, it is worth it.

Book an excursion to Cordoba from Granada

2. How to get to Cordoba by train from Granada

Granada Train| ©
Granada Train| ©

Granada is perfectly connected with Cordoba by train and, if you don't have in mind to take a guided tour to move between the two cities, I would say that this is a good option for you to consider, as it is economical and you will arrive quickly to your destination.

You will have two alternatives to choose the one that best suits your plans, I will tell you everything below.

Long distance train

This high-speed train will allow you to reach your destination in approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Of course, you will have to organize yourself well, as it departs 4 times a day from Granada train station, although the frequency usually varies depending on the season.

Medium distance train

They are also trains that cover the route in a short time and are conditioned to cover shorter distances or what is called, medium distance.

It will take you between 1 hour and 35 and 1 hour and 45 minutes to travel the route between the train stations of Granada and Cordoba. Please note that they have a frequency from 3 times a day, which can also vary depending on the season.

Regarding the price of train tickets, I tell you that they cost from about 20 euros but usually gradually increase their value until the day of travel. So to save money I recommend that you book them as far in advance as possible, from 90 days before your travel date you can get them.

You can know the schedules and purchase your tickets on the official website of Renfe, keep in mind that the price will vary depending on the date you plan to travel and the flexibility you have.

Interesting details

  • Price: in both options the prices vary between 20 and 55 euros.
  • How to buy tickets: at the station, online or by phone.
  • Travel time: just over 1 hour and 30 minutes, approximately.
  • Advantages: it is a good alternative, economical, fast and the most comfortable within what these transports are.
  • Disadvantages: you will have to take into account the trips you will have to make to and from the respective stations.

How to get to Granada train station

The center, taking as a reference the Cathedral of Granada and the train station, better known as Estación de Andaluces are 1 kilometer away and are very well connected.

Doing this tour will take you between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on the means of transport you choose. You have several options to get there by city bus, such as lines 21, 33 and 9, or by taking a cab, which, although more expensive, is also more comfortable and faster, as you will arrive in less than 10 minutes.

How to get to Cordoba train station

Cordoba's train station is located about 2 kilometers from the city center. To give you an idea, it is about 25 minutes walking distance from the Mezquita. Although you will also have bus lines that connect the station with the center such as 3 and 5.

Traveller Tip

There are a couple of trains between Granada and Cordoba that are not direct and require you to change trains. My advice is to be careful not to choose one of them.

3. How to get to Cordoba by bus from Granada

Granada Bus| ©Kristain Baty
Granada Bus| ©Kristain Baty

This is a cheaper option than the previous ones, as you will find buses from 15 euros, but also one of the least recommended.

There are several bus alternatives that connect Cordoba and Granada, departing from the Granada Bus Station. Their approximate frequency is usually every three hours, with the first one leaving at 8:30 am and the last one at 8:00 pm, but it will depend on the type of transport and the season.

By bus the trip is a little slower and the duration is much longer, at least you should calculate about 2 hours and 30 minutes or 3 hours, although it will depend on the stops that each bus has established. This is something very important that you should take into account when choosing the option that suits you best.

How to get to Granada bus station

These buses leave for Cordoba from the Granada Bus Station located at Calle Minerva 4, about 3 kilometers from the center.

The good thing is that it is perfectly connected to the city center by public transport. By bus or cab, you will be in about 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

How to get to Cordoba bus station

When you arrive in Cordoba, you will see that the bus station is located exactly in front of the train station, about 25 minutes from the Mosque. Bus lines 3 and 5 will take you to the center.

Interesting details

  • Price: from 15 euros (one way)
  • How to buy tickets: at the station, online or by phone.
  • Travel time: not less than 2 hours and 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.
  • Advantages: it is an economical option compared to other means of transport.
  • Disadvantages: the length of the trip will cause you to lose a lot of time.

4. How to get to Cordoba by car from Granada

Driving a car| ©Peter Fazekas
Driving a car| ©Peter Fazekas

If you rented a car to tour Granada and want to visit Cordoba, this is a great idea! In addition, it will also allow you to visit other towns in Granada that you will love.

The journey to Cordoba is quite simple and in terms of time it will take you just over 2 hours to get there via the A-92 and A-45 highways. In this sense, this alternative is better than the bus, but not as good as the train.

Now I will tell you a little about the prices, renting a car in Granada can cost you approximately from 41 euros per day. Also, you should keep in mind that you can only rent a car if you are at least 21 years old and have 1 year of driving license.

In case your license was not issued within the European Union, consider that you will have to apply for an international driver's license.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 41 euros per day.
  • Travel time: just over 2 hours.
  • Advantages: comfort, the car will allow you to travel the road at your own time and making the stops you want.
  • Disadvantages: it is one of the most expensive options.

5. How to get to Cordoba by cab from Granada

Granada Taxi| ©JJ Merelo
Granada Taxi| ©JJ Merelo

It is by no means the cheapest option, nor the one I personally recommend the most. But it can be a good option if you are traveling in a group or with children. Be sure to choose an official cab of the city of Granada, they are white with a green stripe and the green or red light on the top indicates whether it is free or busy.

In this case, you must use an intercity cab to leave Granada and its price to Cordoba will vary between 180 and 210 euros round trip. As for the duration of the trip, it will be the same as if you go by car, about 2 hours approximately.

If you plan to travel from Granada to Cordoba with children, the cab can also be a great option, as they will surely be able to travel more comfortable and quiet. In addition, you will avoid going to the stations because the cab will be able to pick you up and drop you off wherever you indicate.

Details of interest

  • Price: 180 and 210 euros per round trip.
  • Duration of the trip: just over 2 hours.
  • Advantages: if you go with children or in a group it is one of the best options.
  • Disadvantages: it is one of the most expensive alternatives.

We compare all the options to get from Granada to Cordoba

  • Organized tour
  • Price: from 121 €.
  • Duration: about 8 hours
  • Advantage: organization and comfort
  • Disadvantage: if you are a free traveler, it will not be the ideal option for you.
  • Train
  • Price: from 20 €.
  • Duration: about 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Advantage: it is one of the fastest and most direct alternatives.
  • Disadvantages: you will have to travel to and from the respective train stations.
  • By bus
  • Price: from 15 €.
  • Duration: between 2 hours and 30 minutes and 3 hours
  • Advantage: the cheapest option
  • Disadvantages: it will take you a long time to get there
  • Rent a car
  • Price: from 41 € per day
  • Duration: just over 2 hours
  • Advantage: convenience
  • Disadvantages: not very economical and not very profitable
  • Cab
  • Price: 180 - 210 €.
  • Duration: just over 2 hours
  • Advantage: it is a good option if you go with children and you can choose the departure and pick up point.
  • Disadvantages: price too high

Now you know everything about how to get to Cordoba from Granada, you have the first step solved! All you have to do is choose the option that best suits your plans.

Finally, I want to tell you that to get the most out of Granada, you can combine your visit to Cordoba with fun excursions and guided tours of the city and even get to know one of its essential jewels in a visit to the Alhambra.